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The Girl Who Cried Monster

by R. L. Stine

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Lucy Dark loves to tell stories about monsters. She especially loves to frighten her little brother, Randy, with them. When she sees the librarian, Mr. Mortman, change into a real monster, no one believes her. Worst of all, Mr. Mortman might know that Lucy saw him. Will she convince her parents that she's telling the truth, before it's too late?

The Girl Who Cried Monster is the eighth book in R. L. Stine's Goosebumps series. Stine's take on The Boy Who Cried Wolf, its protagonist, Lucy, will have a hard time convincing her parents that the librarian is a monster, before he can eat her up to silence her.

(Spoilers removed. The full review, including spoilers, is available here.)

The Girl Who Cried Monster is a good entry in the Goosebumps series. It doesn't appear to be available for the Kindle, so this is another one you'll have to pick up a paper copy of. With the abundance of used Goosebumps books available, though, that's no great hardship. ( )
  Sopoforic | Feb 6, 2014 |
Goosebumps. This is the series that kept me reading through my childhood. More than any other series, Goosebumps kept me interested in reading, and R.L. Stein is a wonderful children's writer. I applaud his efforts, and can't express enough my gratitude for the series. ( )
  wodenthewanderer | Apr 2, 2013 |
The entire series is corny, silly, far from scary, and bordering on stupid. But it's ADDICTIVE. It's a genuinely amusing series. Good for kicking back and relaxing. ( )
  benuathanasia | Sep 12, 2012 |
12 year old Lucy always thought that Mr. Mortman was just the weird librarian whose hands where always wet and had a fondness for turtles...until the day she forgot her rollerblades at the library and had to return to get them...there she stumbles upon Mr. Mortman talking to himself. Then she sees something she can hardly believe, before her eyes Mr. Mortman begins a strange transformation, eats lives flies and scares her half to death. She runs home to tell her family...but Lucy has always had the unfortunate habit of telling tall tales about monsters and frightening her brother, so they don't believe her. What's Lucy to do? She begins a systematic investigation of the monster problem becoming progressively bolder about spying on Mr. Mortman, who begins to suspect that SHE knows his secret, putting her in even greater danger, because no matter what she does, she simply can't get ANYONE, even her best friend, to believe her!

Overall, the Girl Who Cried Monster is an interesting twist on the traditional Boy Who Cried Wolf story and the added bonus of Stine's usual Twilight Zone-esque ending that the reader KNOWS is coming, yet never expects what we are treated to in the end! I give #8 in the Goosebumps series five stars, it's one of the better stories I've read thus far, it manages to be simple in detail and suspenseful, building to a nice climax and a slightly abrupt, but suitably twisted end. ( )
  the_hag | Dec 29, 2007 |
Lucy is always making up monster stories for her little brother... and always getting in trouble for it. A late stay at the library, however, proves to Lucy that there's a REAL monster in town- the librarian. Lucy nearly gets caught by him time and again until she is able to prove to her parents that he's a monster. Her parents have the librarian for dinner- not to dinner, for dinner- they're monsters, too. ( )
  t1bclasslibrary | Oct 4, 2007 |
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When Lucy observes the summer librarian eating flies and turning into a grotesque creature, she is certain that he is a real, live monster.

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Lucy has told so many monster tales that when whe discovers a real live monster, the librarian in charge of the summer reading program, no one believes a word she says.

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